Brenton Jones sprinted home for third at this weekend’s CiCle Classic (UCI 1.2), he was one of just 54 finishers of the 184 riders who started the race.
The unique race dubbed ‘Britain’s Belgium Classic’ is the Paris-Roubaix of British scene with 180 riders including 10 foreign UCI registered teams tackling a variety of challenging gravel, unmade tracks and lanes in Leicestershire.
After a frantic opening 50 kilometres a strong breakaway of eight riders established itself at the head of affairs. Former race winner, JLT Condor’s Tom Moses spent much of the day out front driving the pace of the breakaway.
Back in the peloton the fight for the best line on the tricky surfaces saw Russell Downing brought down in two crashes, puncture and eventually change bikes. Each time the Yorkshire-man rode hard to regain his position in the peloton.
As the race reached its conclusion the reduced breakaway saw its gap shrink from over two minutes to a handful of seconds.
Dan Fleeman, of small UK team Metaltek Kuota, counter attacked from the peloton and joined the reduced group of escapees, he and Hayden McCormack (One Pro Cycling), attacked the breakaway and gained 25 second lead with 5km to go.
With blood pouring from Russell Downing, the Yorkshireman drove the pace of peloton to close the gap to a handful of seconds but Dan Fleeman reached the line first to take the win, and Brenton sprinted from the diminished now 20-rider peloton to take third.
“I’m happy with the result today. We’ve gained five points towards the Tour of Britain qualification process. We had a fair share misfortune. Brenton has to change bikes, as did Russel. Ali Slater punctured as well but to be there at the end shows good form from the team.”
Tour de Yorkshire
The team now turn their attentions to this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire (UCI 2.HC) one of the biggest races in the team’s calendar.
A preview of the Tour de Yorkshire with rider predictions, TV guide and stage preview can be found here: https://teamjltcondor.com/2017/04/21/tour-de-yorkshire-2017/